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since the 15th century, leaving, the church in search of a new leader. we have a team of correspondents covering this historic day and the future of the catholic church beginning with allenn pizzey in vatican city. >> reporter: the surprise announcement was delivered to a gathering of cardinals in latin. citing his age, pope benedict said to do his work both strength of mind and body are necessary and that his have deteriorated "to the extent that i have to recognize my incapacity to fulfill the ministry entrusted to me." vatican sources said the pope had been considering his resignation for some time, but the clerics who heard it were still taken by surprise according to bishop oscar sanchez. "we were all stunned" he said. "all the cardinals looked atll each other and that was it.ook we asked for a last blessing."
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but perhaps they should have seen it coming. benedict has been in failing health for some time and had previously said he would consider resigning if he felt he could no longer carry on. but vatican officials said no specific medical condition prompted the resignation. vatican spokesman father federico lombardi said the pope acted with what he called "great freedom and clarity." >> we will continue to love him and to receive his love. >> reporter: benedict is one of the oldest popes to be elected at the age of 78 in 2005 and he had to cope with crises that included the priest sex abuse scandal and the theft of documents from his desk by his trusted butler. the last pope to resign waspe gregory xii-- 600 years ago. benedict cannot participate in the conclave to choose a success th which won't begin until the end of the second week of march at the earliest.
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he will probably live the restrc of his life in a congregation for cloistered nuns inside a vatican city. scott? >> pelley: allen pizzey with st. peter's behind you. allen, thanks very much.r's "conclave" in latin means "with key." the cardinals of the church willn meet behind the locked doors of the sistine chapel to elect the pope. the vatican hopes to have the successor in place by easter. any male catholic can be elected pope, but traditionally the cardinals choose one of their own-- a cardinal.choo we asked mark phillips who's in the running. >> reporter: for the princes ofr the church, the cardinals, the sudden resignation of the popeh can be more of a shock than the death of one and it is they who have to choose the next one. according to retired american cardinal theodore mccarrick, the am church will now be looking for a new pope with a combination of the qualities it liked in the last two. >> i think they'll be looking for someone who would have some of the wisdom of pope benedict
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and some of the charisma of pope john paul ii. >> reporter: in the murky world of vatican politics, no clear front-winner to replace benedict has emerged. a church which has come to see its future more and more in the developing world will have to to decide whether its next leader should be from there.eade cardinal peter turkson of ghana is a campaigner for social a reform and is often cited as the leading african candidate. but the 64-year-old has already stumbled on the issue of the church's relations with islam and is seen as a risky choice. the highest profile potential candidate from latin america may be the 63-year-old archbishop of sao paolo, brazil, cardinal odilio pedro scherer, but the church has yet to demonstrate it's ready for a south american pope and he's thought to be a long shot. there are long odds as well for cardinal timothy dolan archbishop of new york.
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but any american candidate wouldic have to overcome the church'srcom traditional reluctance to elect a superpower pope. if the church reverts to anrc italian, cardinal anglo scola, 71-year-old archbishop of milan is a popular figure, but the choice will likely have to do more with the approach from thel issues than to geography. >> it's a complicated world the new holy father faces, as it wasrl with the last two holy fathers. but the complications do not ease up, they seem to multiply.t >> reporter: and the choice the church is facing this time isd the same one it faced eight years ago when it chose cardinal ratzinger then. then he appeared to be the heir apparent.en he this time, scott, there isn'the one. >> pelley: mark, thank you very much.'t mark just mentioned cardinal timothy dolan, the archbishop of new york. he sat down with us earlier today. were you surprised this morning? >> was i ever startled! y yes, i was! >> pelley: what's next? this hasn't happened in nearly
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six hundred years.s ne >> this hasn't happened in six centuries, has it?a now we know what happens when the pope dies. whether the same protocol will click in, i don't know. di i'll be waiting to see.t i would presume what would happen is that the cardinal colleges will be summoned too rome to be there for march 1 because once the chair is vacant, by church law the college of cardinals would be -- would oversee the day in/day out pastoral leadership andan governance of the church universal. >> pelley: the pope was very conservative in a doctornal sort of way. when a lot of american catholicsy ha are looking for a pope to lead into a new era maybe for women in the church, for example. >> yeah, they have to realize, scott, that the job description of the pope is to conserve. (laughs) patrimony of the faith. you know, to conserve the patrimony of the faith. so it shouldn't surprise us that a pope could be conservative in
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the best sense of the world.s t >> pelley: would you expect that ver college of cardinals to give us a pope very similar to the man who appointed them and elected him? >> i think catholics in general-ol - and certainly college of cardinals-- would look for a man who's able to articulate the trues of the faith with -- in a compelling way, in a compelling, credible way. a man of deep piety. a man who knows the church a universal and the needs of the people throughout the world. those would be some of the things i think that people would look for. the pope benedict xvi had that. >> pelley: cardinal timothy dolan. in 2008, during a visit to the united states, pope benedict xvi did something unprecedented.g in a closed meeting in washington, d.c. he met members of the church who had been sexually abused at the hands of priests. seth doane met with one of those people, the people in that meeting, today. >> i remember looking out these stained glass windows going "god
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help me, this isn't happening" while he was fondling me grabbing me. >> reporter: you were just 11 at the time? >> yes. >> reporter: bernie mcdade said he was sexually abused by a priest when he was an altar boy at st. james in salem, massachusetts. >> quite frankly i was brought up as a catholic to think that these people were good-- good in nature. and all i'd been surrounded by is deception. >> reporter: investigating sex abuse was among the assignments for then-cardinal ratzinger during his more than 20 years in the vatican office that deals with church discipline. but he was criticized for not moving quickly to defrock priests who molested children. but as pope, benedict apologized publicly to victims. >> reporter: he was the first pope to meet with victims, including bernie mcdade. >> he wouldn't talk to me. he would look down and go "yes yes, yes, my son." that was it. he wouldn't engage me.
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i realized after the meeting he was there on a spiritual level to show the world that, hey, i apologized. >> what did you hope to get out of your meeting with the pope? >> i want them to apologize and not just say the words. i want action after the fact. that's never happened. never happened. >> reporter: in recent years the church has expedited its removal of abusive priests but scott, it has not moved to punish the bishops responsible for protecting those priests by moving them from church to church. >> pelley: seth, thank you veryh much. tonight that massive manhuntt th continues in southern california. the police are searching for a fired los angeles cop who's accused of seeking revenge by targeting officers and their families. he's suspected of killing three people. bill whitaker gets us up to date on the search. >> reporter: it's the biggestt manhunt ever in southern
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california and the biggest reward-- $1 million. more than 600 clues about fugitive ex-cop christopher dorner have poured in, but dorner continues to elude police. today, river side california d.a. paul zellerbach filed first degree murder charges against dorner for the slaying of dorner dorner for the slaying of city police officer thursday. >> this individual by both his words and conduct has made it very clear to all of us that every law enforcement officer in southern california is in danger of being shot or killed. >> reporter: the area around the resort town of big bear east of l.a. remains the primary focus of the search. dorner's burned out pickup truck was found near here thursday. since then, his trail has grown cold. back in los angeles, 50 protection details are guarding dorner's possible targets. l.a. mayor antonio villaraigosa. >> we will find him because we're putting our resources to w do it and i think it will happen
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sooner rather than later. >> reporter: in an online rant dorner pledged revenge against those who he says are responsible for him being fired from the l.a.p.d..e he claims he was wrongly dismissed when he complained his training officer used excessive force. chief charlie beck says he's reopening the case. >> this investigation has been reviewed at multiple points and i'll look at it again because -- not to appease him but to make sure the community understands t that we're transparent and we value fairness. >> reporter: scott, here at the l.a.p.d., the tactical alert has been called off, which meansha that the officers have returned to their regular schedules. r but police say that doesn't mean that they have let down their guards. they say they believe dorner will strike again if given the chance. >> pelley: bill, thank you. a senate committee is scheduled to vote tomorrow on the nomination of chuck hagel to be secretary of defense.
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hagel is a republican but he's been drawing a lot of criticism from senate republicans. in an interview tomorrow on cbs "this morning," former republican vice president dick cheney will join the chorus. >> my guess is if you're looking for what the president's motives are for picking chuck hagel, i p think he wants a republican toag go be the foil, if you will, for what he wants to do to the department which is, i think, do serious, serious damage to our military capabilities. >> pelley: vice president dick cheney spoke with charlie rose and you can see their interview first thing tomorrow on cbs "this morning." the man known as america's top military sniper was remembered at a memorial today. millions took a dip in the ganges, repeating an ancient ritual. and two days after the blizzard, some are asking "where's the plow?" when the "cbs evening news" continues. arthritis, can you start the day the way you want? can orencia help?
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fire from machine gun positions. we were taking mortar and indirect fire, rpg fire. >> reporter: and where was it coming from? >> all 360 degrees around us. it was just from every high point. >> reporter: were you taking casualties? >> we had taken casualties from the first barrage of fire that came in and then continued to take them throughout the remainder of the firefight. >> reporter: a recreation of the battle shows romesha was everywhere that day running across open ground to reinforce one weak point after another. >> at one point, i witnessed three enemy fighters just walk straight through our front gate like they owned the place. you know, to see that, you know, it's just unreal for a second. but you know, that's ours. you know? we're not going to let them do that. >> reporter: how close do you think in retrospect you came to being overrun? >> came almost as close as you get without being it. >> reporter: although hit in
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the side by shrapnel from a rocket-propelled grenade, romesha was determined to do more than just survive. >> we weren't going to be beat that day. and we were going to take it back. >> reporter: but they were up against 300 enemy fighters. >> we had 52 great americans, didn't seem fair to them. >> reporter: air strikes finally broke the enemy assault. afterwards, bullet-riddled humvees and burned-out buildings showed the kind of fire he and his men had braved. >> we ended up losing eight brave -- eight brave soldiers that day. >> reporter: three days later, the americans left keating for good. does it feel like you won or what does it feel like? >> its hard to say. you win or lose. but to know -- to know we just had so many great soldiers there that stood proud and did their job, you know, that's just an amazing thing to witness.
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>> reporter: what was gained that day? nothing. what did clinton romesha and his men achieve? everything. david martin, cbs news, the pentagon. >> and that's the "cbs evening news" for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night. >> your realtime captioner: linda marie macdonald good evening, i'm allen martin. >> i'm elizabeth cook. we have breaking news on a police standoff in newark. officers are at easy 8 motel where a suspected bank robber has barricaded himself inside one of the rooms. this is video from chopper 5 from a short time ago. this is hang on cedar court which is near the nimitz freeway. you've looking at live pictures of the scene right now. police say two men robbed a bank in fremont earlier today and a vehicle matching the description of the getaway car was traced back to that easy 8 motel. one of the suspects surrendered
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around 4 p.m. but police tell us he has been uncooperative. we'll bring you more developments as they come in. a surprise for police officers raiding a suspected drug house in fairfield. they found a stash of drugs and cash but also an alligator. kpix 5 reporter ann notarangelo at the vacaville police department with details. >> reporter: allen, they did get a tip from the public to the police department. they say the tip led them to a bay area pot grower and a baby alligator. vacaville police stopped fairfield residents laurie and william riley for a traffic violation and discovered $250,000 of processed marijuana and handgun. a search of their fairfield home in the 400 block of begonia turned up, according to police, more evidence of marijuana, seven guns including one used by military snipers, nearly $30,000 in cash, and a three-foot-long baby alligator. by law, you need a permit to
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have a pet alligator. >> to our knowledge they didn't have a permit and we called animal services to take it. it was later turned over to the oakland zoo. and that's where it is today. >> reporter: do you get the sense this was for protection or a pet? >> it's hard to tell because of its size. it's certainly interesting to have it. but i don't really know what their motive was to have it. certainly would be dangerous with children around. >> reporter: in addition to the fairfield home, the officers searched two homes in vallejo where they say they found growing marijuana plants and a home in american canyon where investigators say there had been a grow. the couple faces a variety of charges in connection with what's considered to be a fail large growing operation. one investigators who has been in the narcotics division a decade said he has never seen anything like this, allen, an alligator roaming free in the bathroom. >> i know the gator is strange. but looking at the fire power they had, i think i

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